Andertons Music is reporting that Marshall have updated their popular Class 5 amp and are preparing to release a head version of the amp, too. I’ve been unable to find much information about this other than what Andertons is reporting. However, what they are reporting sounds very interesting:
Marshall have updated their flagship small tube amplifier – the Marshall Class 5 – and are now releasing a Class 5 MK2 with improved internal components, and a more home-friendly design. The Class 5 MKII now features a “low volume” output switch – as even 5w is very loud for home use. …
Additional internal improvements to the Class 5 have been made. Marshall have assured customers that the price rise that accompanies the transition between the Class 5 MkI and Class5 MkII is worth it as you have a more versatile amp that is built for home use, rehearsals and gigging.
Also new from Marshall in the Class 5 range – a Class 5 Head & Cab. The Marshall C5H Class 5 Head has the same features as the combo and can be paired up with a Marshall C212 2×12 cabinet or a number of other Marshall cabs.
I played a Marshall Class 5 combo a few months ago and liked the tones, but I thought it was a little too loud for use in my house. It sounds like they may have addressed this with a “low volume” switch. I bet this sounds great through a 2×12 cabinet.
UPDATE: It looks like Andertons has redirected the link to a post about the new Yngwie Marshall amp. Maybe the Class 5 head and combo are not ready yet?
The Andertons’ link is Malmsteen’s new 100 watt head, not Class 5 head. Is that a reliable source from Marshall? BTW, Class 5 Head was not at NAMM 2011 show as some have assumed.
Thanks for the update, Josh. The link originally went to a post about the Marshall Class 5 head. It was basically the only place on the web that had any information about it. Since Andertons is a dealer, they would typically get advance notice, but it looks like maybe the amps are not ready yet.